Acupuncture Clinic Essendon – Melbourne the terms back pain can have a number of causes depending on where you experience it and how it effects you. Stress cannot be ruled out as a factor in all forms of back pain and acupuncture can be effective in treating the symptoms and effects of stress. This is often related to some form of disharmony in the function of the kidneys. The kidneys are the organ which governs the low back area as well as the bones in general. A weakness in kidney qi can manifest stiffness and pain in the joints – particularly ankle, knee and of course the sacro-iliac joint. Causes can include heigthened stress and over-work and can sometimes be accompanied by a feeling of not being supported.